The Springboks beat the Irish 23 -21 in a match that went down to the last few minutes after the Irish came back to score two late tries to put some pressure on the Boks. The scoreline was a bit flattering towards the Irish, as the Boks really dominated them for 60 minutes of the match.
The match started off quite slow, and the Springbok tight five dominated from the start with the Boks taking the scrums to the Irish, completely outscrumming them on both attack and defence. It was a superb showing from a Springbok pack that should take credit for the victory.
Juan Smith scored the first of two tries for the Boks after pressurizing the Irish and picking up a nice intercept and running 70 meters to dot down. The second try was scored by Gio Aplon after a great little inside pass from out-of-his-depth and out-of-position Zane Kirchner, who had a solid game and hardly made any mistakes.
The Irish backline which was supposed to run holes through the Boks’ dodgy put together defensive line never quite happened, and they held on and stood firm. It was a fantastic showing from a Springbok team that was written off by both the Irish media and 90% of the Springbok supporters. They showed all non-believers the proverbial finger.
Pieter de Villiers must get credit for putting together a team that challenged the Irish in every part of the game, and for having the balls to select a player out of position on a tour that was supposed to be for experimenting. Well done Div! The timing of certain replacements were still questionable, but the team came through and shoed the character that is expected of an International team. Well done Bokke, now for the Grand Slam!Tweet